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The Resource The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs, David S. Barnes

The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs, David S. Barnes

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The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs
Title
The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs
Statement of responsibility
David S. Barnes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Late in the summer of 1880, a wave of odors emanated from the sewers of Paris. As the stench lingered, outraged residents feared that the foul air would breed an epidemic. Fifteen years later - when the City of Light was in the grips of another Great Stink - the landscape of health and disease had changed dramatically. Parisians held their noses and protested, but this time few feared that the odors would spread disease. Historian David S. Barnes examines the birth of a new microbe-centered science of public health during the 1880s and 1890s, when the germ theory of disease burst into public consciousness. Tracing a series of developments in French science, medicine, politics, and culture, Barnes reveals how the science and practice of public health changed during the heyday of the Bacteriological Revolution. Despite its many innovations, however, the new science of germs did not entirely sweep away the older "sanitarian" view of public health. The longstanding conviction that disease could be traced to filthy people, places, and substances remained strong, even as it was translated into the language of bacteriology. Ultimately, the attitudes of physicians and the French public were shaped by political struggles between republicans and the clergy, by aggressive efforts to educate and "civilize" the peasantry, and by long-term shifts in the public's ability to tolerate the odor of bodily substances. This fascinating study sheds new light on the scientific and social factors that continue to influence the public's lingering uncertainty over how disease can - and cannot - be spread
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Cataloging source
IOD
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Barnes, David S
Dewey number
306.4/61
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
RA418.3.E85
LC item number
B37 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2006 H-875
  • WA 11 GF7
NLM item number
B261g 2006
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social medicine
  • Social medicine
  • Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Public Health
  • Bacteriology
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Sanitation
  • France
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Diseases
  • Social medicine
  • Europe
  • France
  • Infectieziekten
  • Frankrijk
Label
The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs, David S. Barnes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- "Not everything that stinks kills" : odors and germs on the streets of Paris, 1880 -- The santiarian's legacy, or how health became public -- Taxonomies of transmission : local etiologies and the equivocal triumph of germ theory -- Putting germ theory into practice -- Toward a cleaner and healthier republic -- Odors and "infection," 1880 and beyond -- The legacy of the twentieth century
Control code
232160417
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 314 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801888731
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)232160417
Label
The great stink of Paris and the nineteenth-century struggle against filth and germs, David S. Barnes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- "Not everything that stinks kills" : odors and germs on the streets of Paris, 1880 -- The santiarian's legacy, or how health became public -- Taxonomies of transmission : local etiologies and the equivocal triumph of germ theory -- Putting germ theory into practice -- Toward a cleaner and healthier republic -- Odors and "infection," 1880 and beyond -- The legacy of the twentieth century
Control code
232160417
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 314 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801888731
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)232160417

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